Jim Mansoor

Jim Mansoor

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Jim Mansoor, PhD earned his bachelor of arts in psychology and his master of science in exercise physiology from California State University, Sacramento. He earned his doctor of philosophy in pulmonary and exercise physiology from University of California, Davis (UC Davis). He joined the Pacific faculty in 1991.

One individual who profoundly impacted Dr. Mansoor's career is Edward Schelegle, PhD, his PhD mentor at University of California, Davis.  Dr. Mansoor describes him as smart, creative and always willing to help others.  In 2016, Dr. Mansoor, along with Drs. Schelegle and Craig Steinmous from UC Berkeley, obtained an NIH R21 grant examining the lung environment in individuals exposed to arsenic in early life in Antofagasta, Chile.

Being a lifelong athlete, Dr. Mansoor has always been curious as to how the body performs structurally and functionally. This curiosity eventually led him to become a physiologist.  He enjoys the outdoors, especially skiing, cycling, running and hiking.


BA in Psychology, California State University, Sacramento, 1980

MS in Exercise Physiology, California State University, Sacramento, 1989

PhD in Physiology, University of California, Davis, 1996

Teaching Interests

“My teaching philosophy is to engage curious learners to pursue information leading to answers to their questions.”

What Dr. Mansoor loves about teaching at Pacific is the opportunity to interact with curious, highly motivated students in a small classroom setting. He also appreciates that Pacific has a family-like atmosphere. One of his favorite courses to teach is Gross Human Anatomy because he works closely with each student in the cadaver-based full dissection laboratory. His ongoing goal is to give students insight into how the human body works and tools to pursue that knowledge so that when they leave Pacific they are independent, curious people. He does this by delivering clear, concise and highly organized lectures, which present the information in a comprehensive manner.

Research Focus

“My research focuses on how environmental factors affect the lung inflammatory environment.”

Research Interests:

Analysis of Exhaled Breath in Disease States
Lung Inflammation
High Altitude Pulmonary Edema